This is a photographic record of a day trip to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve in western Singapore.
Hapsis and I didn’t stay as long as we could have because a) I was still unused to the heat and humidity, not to mention out of condition and b) I was only a week out from having a toenail ripped off my left foot at a local clinic — the culmination of a botched spur (? whatever do you call it anyway?) removal attempt by myself and a subsequent 8-hour flight causing further damage and an infection). The dressing made my favorite footwear — safety boots — incredibly cramped, but there was no way I was going to go without them, especially on rough ground.
The first thing we saw as we crossed the footbridge from the car park to the Visitors’ Centre was a strange lump in the water which turned out, on closer examination, to be the head of a monitor lizard.
We decided to take the shortest of the three routes — a 3 km walk — and then decide at its conclusion whether to continue or call it a day.
On the “wild” side of the bridge we had to cross in order to join the walking trail we saw an estuarine crocodile lazing in the mangroves:
At this rate, I thought, we were going to see lots of stuff — and I was right.
I should mention at this point that the hides, shelters, viewing platforms, trails, signposts and other facilities were excellent and very well maintained. There were signboards with diagrams in the hides and other areas to help with the identification of birds, animals and plants.
The elevated platform called the Aerie can be seen at top left.
A White-bellied Sea Eagle being harassed by smaller birds, as seen from the Aerie. It is at times like this that I wish I had a monster lens.
The Giant Mudskipper can grow to 27 cm. This unusual fish, which can live out of water for brief periods as long as its skin and gills are not allowed to dry out, must have been very close to the maximum size for the species.
The crocodile was still bobbing around in the mangroves as we made the return trip across the bridge.
Date: 12 December 2009
Camera: Pentax K100D Super
Lens 1: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Lens 2: Pentax DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED
Ambient light only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.